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Dusseldorf sends carnival royalty to Victoria — again

Dusseldorf sends carnival royalty to Victoria — again ( Last week the organizers of the Carnaval International de Victoria announced that delegations from Notting Hill Carnival of the UK, the carnival from Brazil, and the carnival from Indonesia were all coming to Seychelles to parade together in the carnival in Victoria. Today from Seychelles they announced that a delegation from the popular Dusseldorf carnival of Germany have confirmed that they will be participating in the April 25 Carnaval International de Victoria that is staged annually in the Seychelles. The Indian Ocean Vanilla Islands carnival is this year being jointly co-hosted by Seychelles, La Reunion, Madagascar, Mayotte, and South Africa KwaZulu Natal.

The carnival known to the press community as the only “Carnival of Carnivals” remains the only such event where all the best and most popular carnivals parade together followed by cultural troupes from the Community of Nations. Countries trying to get more visibility for their tourism industry are more and more using this carnival to remain relevant in the world of tourism through the large number of international press who fly to the Seychelles annually to cover the carnival.

Thirty-six members of Dusseldorf`s carnival will again this year be flying to Seychelles to parade in the unique and very popular tropical carnival. While the German carnival time officially ends on Ash Wednesday (March 5), the lucky ones chosen to represent Germany at this year`s Carnaval International de Victoria will have an extended season. Led by “Prince Simon I” and “Princess Rebecca Venetia,” the group will fly on tickets sponsored by Etihad Airways and Air Seychelles from their beautiful city in the picturesque Rhine Valley to Mahe to join the celebration. The delegation will include musicians from the “Swinging Funfares” group and dancers from the “Carnival Friends of the Catholic Youth.”

Two years ago, a similar group from Dusseldorf had joined the Seychelles carnival, whereas in 2011 and 2013, the dates of the carnival in Seychelles coincided with the festivities in Dusseldorf and prevented the Germans from attending.

Carnival — or Karneval, as it is spelled in German — has a tradition in Dusseldorf that dates back at least 650 years. Several carnival organizations join forces every year to assemble a Rose Monday Parade five kilometers long that includes about 60 themed floats and hundreds of revelers on foot, including marching bands. The main goal is to spread fun, mock the authorities, and satirize current events. Many of the parades are televised live on local channels, and the three largest ones — including Dusseldorf`s — are also covered on national TV, where they attract millions of viewers every year.

Alain St.Ange, the Seychelles Minister responsible for Tourism and Culture, has welcomed the official confirmation received from Germany. “We have been working closely with Dr. Herpens, the President of Dusseldorf carnival, to be sure that the carnival from Germany will be participating in the carnival in Seychelles. Edith Hunzinger, our Tourism Board Manager, from her side has been working with Dusseldorf carnival in Germany, the main source market for tourism for the Indian Ocean Islands and for Africa as a whole. The participation of Dusseldorf will help increase in Germany the visibility of every participating country and that of the region because of the German press who are also flying to Seychelles to cover the carnival," said Minister St.Ange.

Some members of the Dusseldorf carnival traveling to Seychelles


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